The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 12, 2013

Charity car cruise moving to a bigger venue

Ruth Rice

— This charity car cruise is so popular, it’s outgrown its former location.

BPOE Lodge No. 175 Cruise Classic V will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lorain Borough Ball Park.

The charity event was formerly held at the Elks’ parking lot at 330 Teaberry Lane, Geistown.

“Last year, the parking lot was filled by 10:45,” said Ray Egnot of Geistown, an Elks member and event chairman.

“By afternoon, we saw there were cars coming who couldn’t get in. The committee unanimously decided to move to a new venue.”

Egnot added he didn’t want people turned away this year and apologizes to those who were shut out last year.

“With this bigger venue we can fit in 150 to 200 cars,” he said.

“I admire the car clubs who come out to support it. If you would have told me five years ago this would grow this big, I would have told you that you’re crazy.”

The cruise is a nonjudged event, where owners can come to show off their vehicles, but there is a people’s choice award for the most popular entry.

“We have people coming up to the mic to tell about their car, and they get applause,” Egnot said.

All of the proceeds go to the Cerebral Palsy Home Service Program,  one of the Elks Lodge’s main fundraisers.

“This isn’t just to benefit kids,” Egnot said. “It helps adults too. We will have literature on how to enroll for those that need it.”

For Egnot, the main purpose of the cruise is to educate the public about what the Elks do.

He likens his main points to the acronym CHEF.

C for charity event, H for honoring veterans, E for educating the public and F for having fun while doing it.

“Last year, we had a flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans, and we’re doing it again this year,” Egnot said.

“I had been planning it for three years. We had close to 45 veterans take part and had help from East Conemaugh Volunteer Fire Department Station 15 and VFW Post 155 Ritual Team.”

Music will be provided by DJs Denny Lynch and his son, Brian.

Picnic-style food will include hot sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh-cut french fries, wings and soda.

Homemade pierogi will be missing from the menu.

The cost to register for the cruise is $5, but the public will be admitted free to enjoy the show.